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Randi Speaks! ... on World Homeopathy Awareness Week. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brandon K. Thorp   
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 09:33

Well, it’s World Homeopathy Awareness Week, and James Randi’s getting into the spirit of the thing with a video, viewable below. Leave a comment here, sure, but also swing by our YouTube page to check out what we’ve got cooking over there.

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Fatmir Mediu Goes To Washington PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Penn Bullock   
Monday, 12 April 2010 15:21

mediu_and_brownback1“The Fellowship” is a fraternity of baldly conspiratorial Christian fundamentalists near the center of American power. The group refuses to disclose its finances or membership, self-identifies as “The Family” or the “Christian Mafia,” and extols the subversive and revolutionary skills of Osama bin Laden and Lenin. For more than fifty years, it’s held the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. — a Jesus-themed gala of networking and schmoozing for the world’s top power brokers and politicians.

This year, President Obama spoke at the Prayer Breakfast. During his address, the famed orator could muster only an oblique remark about reports that the Family helped propose legislation in Uganda that would have gay people imprisoned or executed. Melanie Sloan, director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, lambasted the President for attending. She noted that the Family uses its connections to ingratiate foreign dictators with the American government, and other critics pointed out that defense contractors partly bankroll its gala.

Now the JREF has learned that the 2009 Prayer Breakfast hosted an Albanian member of parliament, Fatmir Mediu, accused of helping scam the U.S. Army on a critical Afghan war contract.

Under cover of the Prayer Breakfast and its pretensions to faith and piety, the suspect Albanian met with Vice-President Joseph Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and a score of senators and congressmen, while subject to an escalating criminal investigation in Albania. Gary Kokalari, an Albanian-American activist in New York City, alerted the JREF to these meetings, which illustrate with uncommon clarity the perverse nature of the Family’s influence on government, and the way the group insinuates shifty characters into the corridors of power.

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Last Week at Science-Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall, MD (The SkepDoc)   
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 11:11

Here is a recap of the stories that appeared last week at Science-Based Medicine, a multi-author skeptical blog that separates the science from the woo in medicine. 

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This Week on Skeptics Guide to the Universe: PSI - The Ganzfield Experiments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Monday, 12 April 2010 14:10

This week on The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, the crew discusses the following topics:

  • Area 51 Declassified
  • Ununseptium
  • SBM visits NCCAM
  • Copper Magnetic Jesus Bracelet
  • Who's That Noisy
  • Your Questions and E-mails: Human Population, Dutch Psychic Follow up
  • Name That Logical Fallacy: The Genetic Fallacy
  • Science or Fiction
Listen now at Skeptics Guide to the Universe.
 
For Good Reason: Bruce Hood and Skepticality Celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Monday, 12 April 2010 13:20

On For Good Reason with D.J. Grothe, Bruce M. Hood discusses why so many people believe in the supernatural despite the lack of evidence, explaining that it may have something to do with how our brains are wired. He draws a distinction between religious supernatural beliefs, which are culturally determined, and more universal secular supernatural beliefs such as mind-body dualism and causality. He explains how such magical thinking may be socially advantageous and how even skeptics engage in supersense thinking. He also warns against the unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of what is a natural disposition in the majority of people.

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